After releasing his Legends of the Summer EP in July, Meek Mill is preparing to drop his next album. According to Page Six, the Philadelphia rapper gave a preview of some of the music in Washington, D.C., which includes one track where he raps about Colin Kaepernick.
“They won’t lynch him by hanging from a tree/They lynch his bank account,” Meek reportedly raps on the unreleased song, which also includes the lyrics “They told Kap to stand up if you want to play for a team/And most of his teammates said the same thing,” and “Back in the ’30s you would be killed if you kneeled/They won’t kill you now, they just take you out of the deal.”
Meek is referring to Kaepernick allegedly being blacklisted from the NFL after protesting against police brutality and the murder of unarmed black folk. Kap is currently still fighting his collusion case against the NFL. The former quarterback alleges that league owners are working together to prevent him from getting back in the game.
In the meantime, Kaepernick recently became the face on Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, earning him well-deserved publicity and a check. The ad caused quite a stir among angry conservative folks, but boosted Nike’s sales.
It’s no surprise Meek is addressing Kaepernick’s situation on his new album, since it highlights one of the many ways black men, even famous and successful black men, can be victims of a racist system. The rapper is still battling his unjust legal case that put him behind bars last year, and worries about returning to jail every day. The two were also in communication while Meek was locked up.
Meek wouldn’t reveal when his new album will drop, but it’s likely around the corner since people who bought something from his PUMA collection have already been guaranteed free downloads of the project. “I’m not actually giving out a release date, it’s a surprise album,” he said.